As the third month of the year is upon us it is time once again for my Garden Share Collective post. The collective is a wonderful group of vegetable gardeners from across the globe who share their gardens every month thanks to Lizzie of Shared from the Table. It has been a surprisingly long month, but that might be because we had a mini holiday in the Barossa one weekend. It has also been a month with some extreme temperatures which sadly finished off most of our plants. The home garden is looking quite bare. Just a few capsicums, a squash and eggplants are left, plus the herbs of course. We have had one glorious eggplant so far. A self-seeded fennel and a couple of parsnips have also begun to grow. The chilli plants are finally fruiting. The watermelon out the front has grown at an astounding rate. The first photo is from the beginning of February and the second is from the end of the month. We still have a few leeks left but the tomatoes have given up. Three days of over 38 degrees finished them off. At the Patch earlier this month everything was growing beautifully. We had a huge haul of zucchinis, loads of corn, tomatoes and squash. The capsicums and fingerling eggplants were the only plants that were not abundant producers. This was our harvest from just one trip to the Patch. The watermelons finally ticked all three boxes – a thump when knocked, dried stem, and a yellow spot. This one weighed in at 9.4 kilos! And it tasted as good as it looked. We also had to pick a much smaller one weighing 3.4 kg as it was clearly ready. We are yet to cut it open, it’s sitting in the dark pantry. Hopefully it tastes as good. There is only one left at the Patch. We have not had nearly as many as last year; we are blaming the colder than usual January. We had high hopes for our pumpkins. The seeds were supposed to be Kent but they definitely look more like QLD blue. Unfortunately, two days of 40+ weather caused them to split so we had to pick them. One only had tiny splits so we have taped them up and it is sitting in the bottom of the pantry keeping the watermelon company. The others were so badly split they had to be eaten straight away. We have made our way through one already and I plan on blanching and freezing the other for future soups. We have picked what we suspect will be the last of the zucchini and squash from the Patch. We haven’t yet removed the plants so we may get a couple more, but both plots are now ready to be cleared, green manured and composted and then planted out for the winter. Harvesting: Capsicums, chilli, squash, watermelon, leeks, eggplant, cucumber (spinach, zucchini, pumpkins, tomatoes, corn are all done.) To do:still yet to plant early cabbage and cauliflower seeds, also want to put some broccoli and spinach in. Go through seed catalogues and decide what else we want to plant. Decide which beds in the home garden should be fallow and recondition the others. Green compost one plot, wet compost the other.
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